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1980s NASCAR season recaps include highlights and statistics of NASCAR races during the 1980s. Learn more on the 1980s NASCAR Season Recaps Channel.

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1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

The popularity of NASCAR rose dramatically and for the first time every race was covered live on television. The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup title was taken by first-time champion Rusty Wallace. See all results from the 1989 NASCAR Grand National season here.


1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

The 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup title was captured by three-time winner Darrell Waltrip. This season featured the inaugural running of The Winston which is a nonpoints race for NASCAR's all-stars. See results from the entire 1985 NASCAR season here.

1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

During the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup series, Dale Earnhardt earned the nickname "The Intimadator." The nickname was inspired by Earnhardt's aggressive driving style that often left opponents in up in smoke. See all race results from the 1986 NASCAR season.

1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

For the 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup season, champion Dale Earnhardt finished 489 points ahead of Bill Elliott. Earnhardt won six of the first eight races that set the pace for him to take the championship by April. See all race results from 1987 NASCAR.

1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup title was closely contended by Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, and Dale Earnhardt. Elliott held off a late-season charge by Rusty Wallace and took the hotly contested championship title. See all 1988 NASCAR race results here.

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

The popularity of NASCAR rose dramatically and for the first time every race was covered live on television. The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup title was taken by first-time champion Rusty Wallace. See all results from the 1989 NASCAR Grand National season here.

1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

During the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Dale Earnhardt emerged from obscurity to instant fame. Earnhardt held off Cale Yarborough and Richard Petty to win the championship in his second year as a driver. See results from the 1980 NASCAR season here.

1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

During the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Darrell Waltrip bagged his first Grand National championship. Fans also saw a record 772 lead changes that season, a record that still stands today. See the results from the 1981 NASCAR season.

1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

The year ended with a second straight win for Darrell Waltrip in the 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Waltrip came from behind and took the championship away from Terry Labonte and Bobby Allison. See the results from every race in the 1982 NASCAR series.

1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

Bobby Allison finally reached the top of the NASCAR world after finishing in second place six times. The 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup championship was claimed by Allison, who won six races that year. See all the race results from the 1983 NASCAR season here.

1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Results

The 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte won only two races but capitalized on consistency. Richard Petty was greeted by President Ronald Reagan after winning his record-setting 200th win. See the results from the NASCAR 1984 season.